I spent part of my Labor Day weekend reorganizing my closet. However, I was not prepared to store my summer whites — I don’t subscribe to the antiquated idea of not wearing white after Labor Day. Most style experts will tell you that nowadays, it is perfectly acceptable to wear white all year long, especially when done right. But I have noticed that each year, I make an effort to wear as much of my summer whites as I possibly can before summer’s end. It’s silliness really, especially since the summer-ish season extends way past September where I live.
However, the Bay Area has many micro-climates – you may find yourself in downtown San Francisco, where leather jackets, jeans and boots are sometimes necessary to battle the summer fog chill, while twenty minutes inland, flip flops and frilly sundresses are de rigueur at the local coffee shop.
By San Francisco standards, it’s been a mild summer. And by mild, I mean cooler than usual. No matter the location, everyone here agrees that summer almost did not feel like summer. Not that we’re complaining. I think most people were happy to not have to deal with 100 degree (even dry 100 degree) temperatures.
As luck would have it, just as the kids all returned to school, the mercury rose. We finally got our summery weather. We dug out our sandals and tank tops. I pulled out my white dresses.
We opened the wine fridge for some Sauvignon Blanc.
A refreshing white wine such as a Sauvignon Blanc is easy to appreciate in the summer. Just as balmy temperatures returned to the Bay Area, I kept encountering articles on the sometimes under-appreciated (especially in Cab-crazed California wine country) varietal. Lettie Teague of the Wall Street Journal devoted her August 21/22 Weekend Journal column on the Sauvignon Blanc as a wonderful “safety wine.” I tend to agree that it is an extremely versatile wine to pair with such a wide array of foods, and most people seem to enjoy a crisp, clean glass of Sauvignon Blanc on a hot summer day.
Wine Spectator also published their tasting report on California Sauvignon Blanc. I was excited to see that one of the wines I had recently tried and wanted to share with you was selected as one of MaryAnn Worobiec’s recommended picks of the 125 tasted.
The Capture 2009 Tradition Sauvignon Blanc is a lovely example of a good Sauvignon Blanc that is happy to play a supporting role to a wide variety of dishes, whether it is spicy sushi, succulently grilled fish, or a creamy pasta. But it is strong enough to stand on its own, for those languorous summer evenings when you just want to sip on something just sweet enough. Exciting flavors of passionfruit, pear and grapefruit will greet you in the glass and leave you with a tranquil finish that reminds you of the lazy days of summer.
But don’t be fooled into thinking that Sauvignon Blanc is only for summer. This is one white that you can enjoy all year long. I know I will.